January 27, 2021

Spring 2021 public programs

Columbia University School of the Arts

Cynthia Director, Borås Westbourne Bombay Garden (detail), 2020.

Repair: Spring 2021

Traversing media and disciplines, the Spring 2021 season of Public Programs and Engagement at Columbia University School of the Arts continues to focus on the concept of Repair.

Conversations, films, events, and performance will explore creative practices that engage social and political initiatives committed to reimagining and transforming frayed relationships between humans, other species, the planet, and ourselves. More.

School of the Arts faculty members Aliza Nisenbaum and Tom Kalin will discuss Nisenbaum’s portraits of British frontline health care workers, currently on display at Tate Liverpool. More.

Film faculty member Ramin Bahrani will be in conversation with Hamid Dabashi about his new film, The White Tiger, an “epic journey of a poor Indian driver who uses his wit and cunning to break free.” –Netflix. More.

Tzotzil filmmaker María Sojob, Amalia Córdova, Sebastián Díaz, and Ron Gregg will screen and discuss the documentary Tote/Abuelo/Grandfather as part of the Mother Tongue Film Festival, Smithsonian. More.

The annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival—Border Incidents: The US-Mexico Border in Film Noir—will include a roundtable with Jonathan Auerbach, Homi Bhabha, Margarita de Orellana, and Jonathan Ryan, President and CEO of RAICES. Programmed by Rob King, Film and Media Studies. More.

School of the Arts Writing faculty members Phillip Lopate and Brenda Wineapple will explore Lopate’s new anthologies, The Glorious American Essay: From the 18th Century to the Present and The Golden Age of the American Essay: 19451970. More.

Black Futures editors Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham will converse with School of the Arts Writing Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson. More.

Visual artist and choreographer Phoebe Osborne will present hydra, a dance that considers the instability and malleability of water as a way of framing constant change. More.

Artist and designer Maya Lin will present new and major works: Mapping the Future and Ghost Forest. More.

Visit the School of the Arts website for the full season of events.

Columbia University School of the Arts recognizes Manhattan as part of the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Lenni Lenape and Wappinger people. By acknowledging the legacies of displacement, migration, and settlement that have enabled us to gather, we are taking a small first step toward the long and overdue process of healing and repair. The School of the Arts will continue to confront and address issues of exclusion, erasure, and systemic discrimination in our community through ongoing education and responsible representation.

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